A fresh insight into Fikayo Tomori’s future beyond the summer has been forthcoming online on Tuesday.
English international Tomori of course departed Stamford Bridge late in January.
This came with the 23-year-old having fallen majorly down the central defensive pecking order in west London this season.
On the back of a solid campaign last time out, during which he racked up 22 appearances across all competitions, Tomori subsequently slipped behind all of new signing Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in Frank Lampard’s list of options at the back.
In turn, just days before Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at the club, the gifted young stopper was farmed out on loan by Chelsea.
Tomori made the move to Italian giants AC Milan, where he will remain for the 2nd half of the campaign:
Good luck in Italy, @FikayoTomori_! 👊🇮🇹
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 22, 2021
The stopper has since gone on to enjoy a fine start to life at the San Siro, with Tomori having been thrown in at the deep end amid a number of injury issues at the heart of Milan’s backline.
To this point, he has managed 11 appearances, including 6 Serie A starts, and a pair of 90-minute outings versus Manchester United in the Europa League:
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) March 17, 2021
And, all told, across these outings, Tomori has thoroughly impressed, showcasing the kind of promise which previously saw the 23-year-old labelled as a star in the making at Stamford Bridge.
As such, it should not come as too much of a surprise to hear that the transfer chiefs at AC Milan have already made clear their desire to make the club’s on-loan stopper’s signing permanent in the summer.
One potential stumbling block for the Rossoneri, however, comes in the form of Tomori’s price-tag.
A £26 million clause is known to have been inserted into the English international’s loan deal, allowing the Serie A giants to secure his addition on a permanent basis.
However, the ability to stump up such a sum could depend on Stefano Pioli’s men clinching Champions League qualification for next season.
Chelsea, for their part – as per the reliable Nizaar Kinsella – have no intention of affording Milan a discount, though.
This comes with the Blues hierarchy fully aware of the impressive nature of Tomori’s displays, and evidently of the opinion that he is worth every penny of their £26 million asking price.
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) March 23, 2021
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